The global market volume of steel and synthetic fibers used in concrete applications is estimated at approximately CHF 800 million, with synthetic fibers recording the biggest growth. Macro fibers such as Sika's newly developed product line SikaFiber Force-60 are mainly used instead of steel reinforcements for strengthening concrete or shotcreted structures with demanding performance requirements. Typical areas of use include tunneling, mining, precast concrete elements and industrial floors, as well as foundations and ground slabs. The new fibers not only improve the safety, durability and serviceability of concrete and enhance its performance, but also increase the efficiency of the construction process as they are added to the ready-mixed concrete during mixing.
"With our latest innovation, synthetic macro fibers, we want to offer customers new technologies in the area of structural reinforcement," said CEO Paul Schuler. "We are carrying out a targeted investment in the build-up of production in the EMEA region, and are confident that these high-performance products have significant growth potential."